Freshmen moved indoors for 2nd straight day

Although Les Miles has only been in Baton Rouge for a year and a half, you would think someone would clue him in on the weather patterns of south central Louisiana. Sure it didn't rain in Louisiana for something like four months last spring, but that isn't the case for late July and August.

Here's a hint, whether the sun is shining or not, around 3 p.m. most every day, it's going to rain. Not for long, but you can expect a good 10 to 15 minute deluge almost every afternoon. You can book it.

 

What time was the Tigers second workout on Tuesday?

 

That's right…. 3 o'clock.

 

And for the second day in a row, the LSU freshman workout was moved inside the indoor practice facility. Just as the team finished its stretching exercises, an angry cloud system rolled in from the southeast, lightning popped in the distance and the heavens opened up.

 

Players, coaches, managers and trainers went running for cover. Camera men began tossing equipment around and in less than five minutes, the Tigers were set up and ready to roll within the confines of the indoor facility.

 

The media was allowed inside some 20 minutes later (yes, we all huddled outside under a tiny awning trying to avoid getting soaked) and were permitted to view practice for four, seven-minute periods.

 

At midfield, quarterbacks Ryan Perrilloux and James Welker threw passes to wide receivers running various amount of routes. It was one of the first, up close looks at speed burner Trindon Holliday. While he was as fast as advertised, boy is this guy TINY!

 

Holliday is going to replace Xavier Carter on kick and punt returns and he has the speed to do so. But this guy makes Shyrone Carey look like a giant. The official roster doesn't lie when it lists the former Northeast High School star at 5-foot-5.

 

Ryan Perrilloux was running the show under center and was amazingly accurate on most all pass attempts. It is obvious Perrilloux has worked hard in the offseason as he looks quite comfortable and has lots of poise on every different kind of throw he made.

 

One pass that was off the mark, bounced off the hands of true freshman Chris Mitchell and nailed wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Todd Monken directly in the chest. Ouch!

 

Tyson Andrus, a former high school teammate of incoming freshman Keiland Williams, was in action today. A transfer from Ole Miss, Andrus was working with the defensive backs and wears No. 1. Sports information director Michael Bonnette said Andrus is not on scholarship.

 

Andrus did draw some attention from a graduate assistant coach that was working with the defensive backs. Working on "press coverage" drills with Jai Eugene, he failed to use his hands properly which brought some stern criticism from his position coach.

 

Speaking of Eugene, for the second day in a row he was wearing a cast on his left wrist and thumb. Bonnette said he reported to camp wearing the cast and was unsure about the injury. However, it seems obvious he has a broken left thumb from the looks of the cast configuration.

 

Other observations:

 

- Chris Mitchell made a dazzling one-handed catch on a fade route from backup quarterback James Welker.

 

- Charles Scott bears a striking resemblance to the build of former LSU star running back LaBrandon Toefield. He actually looks like he could play in the SEC today.

 

- Fullback Steve Korte appears to have slimmed up, or maybe just toned up, from a year ago. He looks to be in outstanding physical shape and could be a tailback instead of a fullback.

 

- Speaking of running backs, no doubt one of the most physically imposing players at one position may be linebacker-turned-fullback Quinn Johnson. Johnson was asked to switch from linebacker to running back in the spring and he looks to be embracing his new position. He's big, tall and looks like he could run over just about anyone. Johnson also showed off some pretty nifty skills on the receiving end catching several passes out of the backfield.


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